The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer #Review @carolewyer @bookouture


The Missing Girls finds DI Robyn Carter on the trail of a killer yet again when a stakeout that was meant to lead to a drug bust turned up a the body of a teenage girl instead. she is left with few leads and too many unanswered questions when the body of another girl is discovered. The pressure is on to find the killer, and Robyn needs to solve these murders in a hurry because someone she cares about is missing—and time is running out.

What I Liked

I loved the second book in this series, Secrets of the Dead, so I had high expectations for The Missing Girls. I wanted a chilling crime spree committed by a villain whose identity I would be completely unable to figure out before the Big Reveal came, and Wyer definitely pulled that off. That chilling crime spree I hoped for took on an even more distressing note when the motive behind it was revealed, because it was the sort of thing that felt like it could easily happen in real life.

I also wanted to learn more about Robyn Carter, herself—particularly concerning her memories of her dead fiancé, Davies Hilton, and her struggle to deal with his loss.

An unexpected twist at the end of the book completely surprised me; I finished this one some time ago, and I am still blown away by it!

What I Didn’t Like

As much as I loved the cliffhanger ending, I didn’t like having to wait for the next installment of the series. (Okay… I know that barely counts as a dislike, but it’s the best I could come up with for this section of my review.)

Final Thoughts

The Missing Girls is an intense thrill ride that’s the very definition of unputdownable. With a series of crimes made all the more frightening due to the believability of the motive behind them, the villain in this novel will be hard to forget. The surprise bombshell at the end of the book is destined to take your breath away and have you rushing on to book four as quickly as possible.

If you haven’t started reading the DI Robyn Carter books, you seriously need to get on board with this series, because hours of entertainment awaits you!

I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of Bookouture via Netgalley.


Author: Carol Wyer
Title: The Missing Girls
Series: DI Robyn Carter #3
Genre: Crime Thriller
Published: September 14th, 2017 by Bookouture
Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

One girl found dead. Another girl gone…
Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…
When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.
No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.
As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.
Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?
An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

Mini Review Monday #1: The Darkest Lies and What Regency Women Did for Us

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As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve fallen behind in writing book reviews. I’ll be doing a “Mini Review Monday” post until I’ve gotten them all caught up.

I’m sharing two mini reviews this week. The first is for The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite, a gripping psychological thriller published by Bookouture on May 12, 2017. The second review is for What Regency Women Did for Us by Rachel Knowles, a women’s history book focusing on select Regency women published by Pen & Sword Books on April 30, 2017.

The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

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A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming.

Every parent’s greatest fear is that something terrible with happen to their child, and in The Darkest Lies, this becomes reality for Jacob and Melanie Oak when their daughter, Beth, goes missing. Their nightmare is only just beginning, however, because when Beth is found, she has been beaten nearly to death. Melanie is determined to find out who hurt her daughter, not realizing her search is putting her own life in jeopardy.

What an intense read this was! It kept me guessing from start to finish, and I think I suspected pretty much everyone that was mentioned in the story, except Melanie. Copperthwaite did an excellent job of making everyone seem guilty at one point or another in this fast-paced thriller. I’m happy to report that I didn’t have a clue about the attacker’s identity until it was revealed. And what a reveal it was! I never saw it coming… totally blew me away!

This is the first novel I’ve read by Copperthwaite, but it definitely won’t be the last! Definitely recommending this one… such a great read!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Bookouture via Netgalley.

What Regency Women Did For Us by Rachel Knowles

What Regency Women Did for Us coverRegency women inhabited a very different world from the one in which we live today. Considered intellectually inferior to men, they received little education and had very few rights. This book tells the inspirational stories of twelve women, from very different backgrounds, who overcame often huge obstacles to achieve success. These women were pioneers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, authors, scientists and actresses women who made an impact on their world and ours. In her debut non-fiction work, popular history blogger Rachel Knowles tells how each of these remarkable ladies helped change the world they lived in and whose legacy is still evident today. Two hundred years later, their stories are still inspirational.

What Regency Women Did for Us focuses on the lives of twelve Regency era whose notable contributions to the world (with only a few exceptions) have been largely forgotten today. Thanks to Knowles, their accomplishments—which were made during a time when women were thought to be lesser than men and were expected only to marry and raise children—are acknowledged and celebrated even more so for having been done during a restrictive era for women.

The women discussed in this book were authors (Jane Austen and Maria Edgeworth), scientists (Jane Marcet, Mary Anning, and Caroline Herschel), an engineer and inventor (Sarah Guppy), businesswomen (Marie Tussaud and Eleanor Coade), actresses (Sarah Siddons and Harriot Mellon), a mountaineer and philanthropist for women (Mary Parminter), and a prison reformer (Elizabeth Fry).

I was unfamiliar with many of the women discussed in this book. The only names I was familiar with were Jane Austen,  Marie Tussaud, and Maria Edgeworth. Although I was aware Maria Edgeworth was an author, something I  didn’t know is she created the historical fiction genre. (And I’m so thankful she did, because I love historical fiction!)

I love learning about women’s history, so this was an enjoyable read for me. I would recommend this book to others who enjoy reading about women’s history.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Pen & Sword Books via Netgalley.


The Surrogate by Louise Jensen #Review @fab_fiction @bookouture

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Kat and Nick are on the verge of giving up on their dream to become parents. Unable to have a child of their own, they decided to adopt a baby instead—only to be crushed after the adoptions failed to go through not once, but twice. Then Kat unexpectedly sees her old friend, Lisa—whom she hasn’t spoken to in years, for reasons readers aren’t privy to until later in the book. Rather than the upset she expected, the two women fall back into their friendship as though their estrangement never happened. The despair Kat feels over not having a child changes to hope when Lisa offers to be a surrogate for Kat and her husband. Her dream is about to come true… or is it? Lisa begins to do things that make Kat suspicious, and she wonders if her past is coming back to haunt her, but she could never have foreseen the horror that awaited her.

The Surrogate doesn’t waste any time in grabbing the reader’s attention, kicking off at a crime scene with two bodies and a murder investigation. The identity of the victims, along with how (and why) they died isn’t revealed until the end, but the ultimate reveal is WELL worth the wait. Holy guacamole… what a fantastic ending!

I’ve been a fan of Jensen’s since the start, and I loved reading both The Sister and The Gift. With a twisty plot, complex characters, and a story rooted in a poignant desire for motherhood that’s guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, The Surrogate is her best effort yet. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

If you haven’t been reading any of these fantastic books… what are you waiting for? Like I said when she released her debut novel… you need to put Louise Jensen on your Author Radar. She is definitely deserving of a prime spot in your list!

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Bookouture via Netgalley.



Author: Louise Jensen

Title: The Surrogate

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Published: September 27th, 2017 by Bookouture

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

book worth reading

About the Book

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

About the Author

Author Louise Jensen
Author Louise Jensen

Louise Jensen always wanted to be Enid Blyton when she grew up, and when that didn’t happen she got a ‘proper’ job instead.

Several years ago an accident left Louise with a disability and she began writing once again, to distract her from her pain and compromised mobility. But writing turned out to be more than just a good distraction. Louise loves creating exciting worlds, dark characters, and twisted plots.

Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, sons, a madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat, and also teaches mindfulness.

Author photo and bio via Bookouture.